Under the Wire 2013 Sparkling Chardonnay, Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino

Under the Wire 2013 Sparkling Chardonnay, Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino

Item Number: 9751

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes: In terms of sheer wildness few vineyards in the world compare to Alder Springs. Closer to Humboldt County than any vineyard in Mendocino, Stuart Bewley, following his own divining rod decided to plant in a wilderness no one had ever thought could grow grapes. Despite the constant issues of wild pigs, bears pushing over rows, and discovering that irrigation has been utilized by another cash crop, Alder Springs has become one of the greatest vineyards in California. Spreading over 140 acres, with 85 separate blocks and a dizzying array of rootstock and variety/clone combinations, the vineyard is a true reflection of the maniacal drive of the owner. Stuart is not someone who claims to have the answers, far from it. He embraces the process of learning and improving everything about his vineyard, whether it be the vines themselves or his impact on the surrounding ecosystem. All the while, he continuously/tirelessly works to produce something unique and delicious.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (10/28/2016)

    The 2013 Sparkling Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard was fermented with indigenous yeast, with malolactic blocked, and was disgorged with only one gram of dosage, so this is quite dry. Loads of creamy brioche, Red Delicious apple skin, Triscuit and some subtle, smoky orange and nectarine notes are all present in this medium-bodied sparkler with small, uniform bubbles and a zesty effervescence. There’s also an underlying minerality to it. This is impressive. Drink it over the next several years.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (3/17/2017)

    The 2013 Alder Springs is powerful, dense and expansive. Apricot, chamomile, honey and dried herbs fill out the wine's frame nicely. This is an especially ample, broad style for a Chardonnay-based sparkling wine, but it works.